Little can be said except to give credit for the Thunder. 2 fouls should have
been called on Durant late that were fragrant as this is not football.However, they made a ton of shots and ton of free throws. Maybe if Fes had
been able to come back from the chin injury, some of that penetration could be
slowed. The Thunder did it in all ways. Some nights, you just have to give
credit to the opponent.We played hard, so I cannot really overly
criticize. I am glad Gordon got the chance instead of Raja, another learning
lesson.We just will have to bounce back vs Joisey and SPurs, the
crowd was great tonight though...The Thunder would seriously
challenge the Lakers if they get 2 more players, mainly a Center. If they add
some power and beef by the trading deadline, they will be even be more of a
threat, because they got about everything else needed.
Hayward needs to go to the D-League. He is way too soft and not ready to play
with the "A" team..
Jazz played really well, their defense could have been a bit tougher but I was
pretty pleased. The way the Thunder shot the ball was just insane, they would
have beaten a lot of teams tonight. And I think the Jazz wearing their away
jerseys confused the refs, oklahoma city got all the home team calls.
The Thunder played well tonight and should be given credit for winning the game
by matching the Jazz blow-for-blow.That being said, I have an axe to
grind. Kevin Durant is an extremely talented young player who is hard not to
like. However, I am turned off by the sense of entitlement he has displayed,
since his recent coronation by the NBA and its officials as being worthy of
"star treatment."On numerous occasions in tonights' game,
Durant repeatedly slammed into Kirilenko while attempting to back him down (to
create space), without any worry of being called for such an obvious offensive
foul. Near the end of the game (with the Jazz down only four points), Miles
stepped out toward Durant (who did not have the ball); Durant slammed into Miles
and pushed him down with a forearm shiver; Miles was given the foul and Durant
became the beneficiary of two undeserved foul shots.I would have
liked to have seen the outcome of the game, had Durant (and Westbrook) not been
given unfair "star treatment." A true superstar should be able to
excel in the NBA without being given the unfair advantage of "star
hayward should be given stable minutes in my opinion 10-15 mins a game...to help
him get confident...i think he has confidence issues...
I agree about the poor officiating on Durants Offensive fouls. I also wish that
Jerry would have put Fes in the game over Elison. Fes is our defensive stopper
and should be in the game more to ignite out teams D. I do think that Westbrook
did a great job and we got beat far, but sadly. I also think that we really need
another 2 guard or train Price to be the 2. Great game Jazz players
in showing heart and toughness. I loved that they came out strong and D-Will
Re: ToddCalling those fouls "fragrant" is hilarious! They
really were stinky calls! They were also flagrant :)
Tough Loss. I agree with the comments about the refs and about Fes. I don't
understand Sloan's use of Fes, it has been better lately but last night the team
could have used him to change things up for the Thunder. Having Fes in the
middle allows our perimeter players to be more aggressive because they know they
have someone that has their back.Glad to see Hayward get some minutes and
thought he played OK, he needs those kind of experiences to develop.The
way the Spurs are playing we better come out ready to fight, with intensity and
toughness or we could end up with another home loss.Things are still a
learning process for this team, it could take another month to get things
First off, the Jazz shot better than the Thunder. The difference was the free
throws by a huge margin. But the Jazz are known to foul a lot but there were
some poor calls tonight.People on here don't give Bell the credit he
deserves. He makes a big impact on the game that doesn't show up in the box
score. Hayward didn't have any positive impact on the game.However
the Jazz can not afford to be losing at home in the tight western conference.
These games cost you big in the end.CJ worked hard on D all night
and scored his points. The Jazz need more bench support.
I always talk about Raja. I agree him starting sets the right tone,
unfortunately, we have in recent games not come out well shooting. Last night
we did, but Oklahoma City had a great night. When that happens there is little
you can do but give it up for the opponent. You always figure the Jazz will win
75-80 percent of its home games. 32-9, 33-8 is a great home season, Need 23-24
road wins, and the Jazz are capable of this...
It is tough to win when the other team only misses one free throw. Also, how
many games are you going to have Serge Ibaka hit 9-13?
to akfan : your little darling went baseline near the end of big game trying for
a simple layup.worst case scenerio, go up "strong" and a foul would
have been called, especially on Jazz homecourt. Better yet, throw your body into
defender coming from weak side because defender jumped into the air to contest
shot (2 foul shots)...INSTEAD, the scarecrow decided to AVIOD CONTACT AT ALL
COST and do a spinning up & under with the ball & FLIP a backwards shot
towards the rim hoping with his BACK TO THE BASKET & prayed the ball would
find the twine--DIDN'T HAPPEN !!! Oh yeah, shot 3 for 9 (MAKING ALL TIME WORST
SHOOTING % GO LOWER) from the field...As I said yesterday & I'll say until
Utah dumps this loser, sit him at the end of the bench until he puts on 20 lbs.
of muscle--which will NEVER HAPPEN..
Ricbk, I'm glad your not the coach, AK brings more positives than negatives by
far. Yes, he does throw up some back shots sometimes and some bad passes at
times but his impact is far more positive than negative.
captain L : ak has good free throw form & can defend around the basket
because he has long arms...other than that, he can't defend away from the basket
because he loves to reach & is slow..he can't hit the side of a barn, he's
way to passive,not tuff for my liking, so goes up soft if a defender is near
basket (aka : end of OKC game), cries, literally if things don't go his way,
throws many balls away or fast balls when teammate is very close, doesn't get
pumped up when situation calls for it, NEVER lifted weights in ALL his years
here, KARL would love that, and when he is decked to the floor, he gets up
slowly like he just got out of bed instead of getting in the players face &
showing his teammates tuffness..Andrea will BE GONE (traded before dead line)
hopefully getting "something" in return..Just checked in the basement
and my basketball trophy for coach of the year from 1984 is still there. My team
also won championship that year too..I like tuff hard nosed players & Andrea
is not one !!!